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I think I have it backwards...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Since I've started my "6week plan" I've noticed a trend in my eating. The only days I have problems with binge eating are the days I DON'T workout... You know, the days where your calories REALLY need to be in check?!? Unfortunately, I've just now realized this, 1 week before "times up." I didn't have a specific weight goal in mind or anything like that, but when a deadline is looming, it's still nerve wracking.

I have to say the last 6 weeks, especially the last couple, have been great! I really feel like I've gotten back into exercise, and actually look forward to it. My food has been REALLY good, except for the days I days I don't workout... I need to do something about that....

I've been working out 6 days a week, skipping Saturdays. Saturdays are usually kind of busy and knowing that I don't need to find time to workout has reduced some stress. That being said... it has also been the ONLY day I'm "unable" to stay on my food plan each week...

I feel like I really WANT and NEED a rest day, but not if it's going to lead to binging... When I workout out, it's been for 45-60 minutes a day, and I don't know if a 10 minute walk will keep me in check on Saturdays or not. I'm going to have to give it a shot, because I can't keep ruining my week.

Any feedback you guys can give me would be great! Before I get a bunch of "you're not ruining anything with 1 day a week" comments, I want to say that I appreciate the thought, but in reality, I am ruining it. When *I* want to lose weight, I need to stay focused ALL THE TIME. *I* can't have one "bad meal" because it DOES turn into a "bad day." I'm a binge eater, and I don't stop at one meal... That's who *I* am.
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    I have very similar issues and have basically cut out rest days! Instead I try to fit in 2 ten-minute walks or ride my bike to the shops on busy days - anything to make me feel on track and actively moving in the right direction. Rest days turn into mindless eating days for me.... emoticon
    1462 days ago
    if 10 minutes doesn't do it then try walking while watching tv or doing some other activity that allows you to get a longer workout without cutting into what is an already busy day for you.
    1467 days ago
    1473 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Well, 1 day a week won't...oops ;)

    No, seriously, I am the exact same way. There is no day to slack! That off day will F* me up mentally!
    So I would try the 10 minute walk thing and see how that goes. Those days of exercise, I know for me, definitely help me stay focused and when I don't workout I feel like I have an off day on EVERYTHING...BLAH!
    1475 days ago
    I have the same problem, too. I think you have a great solution.

    And I can't really have a "cheat meal" either. It leads to a cheat day, then a cheat weekend, then an "I'll start back tomorrow" or next week, or next month... oy. When I have a craving, I try to just work it into my calories or find a healthy solution.

    1479 days ago
  • KELAN5
    The ten-minute walk sounds like a good solution if only to reduce your stress and lift your mood a little bit on Saturdays! You may also want to try tracking your steps on those days-- you may find that you're exercising more than you think you are (if only in spurts) and this tracking may help you to resist the urge to eat more. Do the usual, too-- parking further away and looking for other ways to bring exercise into your busy day. You can do it!
    1481 days ago
    Sounds like a good idea to try. Give it a shot and see what happens.
    1481 days ago
    How about planning a BIG workout for after your rest day.. so really what you put into your body the day before will be important for that big workout? Just a thought. I've been doing that with my race training.. Friday is rest day, but since Saturday is long run day, I have to prepare for it.. it is Saturday afternoons that are getting me (post workout treats!).

    Well, good luck and sounds like your 6 week plan has done a lot to help you refocus and define areas you need to continue to work on! Great job! Have fun!

    1481 days ago
    Weekends always trip me up, too. The lack of a schedule just destroys all my good intentions. I think a 10 minute walk sounds like a lovely, active recovery style way to keep your head in the game. I may have to try it myself on rest days! emoticon
    1481 days ago
    No advice to give but I have lots of "woohoos" and "way to go's" in my pocket that I will gladly give you emoticon I hope the 10 minutes of exercise makes a difference; great idea there. Love your determination!
    1481 days ago
    I understand how you feel Holly. Try preparing your meals for those days you don't work out. I think we all should have a rest day so focus more on your planning the day before your rest day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Hope this helps my dear friend.

    I wish you all the best.....I know emoticon , you've come so far emoticon

    1482 days ago
    I function the same way--I have a MUCH harder time staying on track the days that I don't exercise than the days I do, when I don't seem to have a problem keeping to my calorie ranges. I think we all need some sort of rest, but that the key might be to find the minimum amount of exercise that's needed on your "off days" to keep you from bingeing. Maybe a ten-minute walk will be enough, or maybe it will take a 20-minute walk. I'd say keep experimenting until you find the right balance between giving your body a rest and warding off your binges.
    1482 days ago
    You know me and the weekends... wish I had some advice to give you. Hugs!!!!!
    1482 days ago
    It sounds to me like your mind is playing a trick on you....

    Here is what I mean, when you exercise, in your mind, you know you are burning more calories, so if you eat a little more, then you are safe, right? Then when you don't exercise, your safety net is gone, that emotional need probably strikes up more, I can't, so I shouldn't but I want to, so I do...

    Try really asking yourself what you are feeling when you are reaching for that food, if it is anything but hunger, then you need to say I am bored not hungry, I am mad not hungry, I want the food because I can't, so I am not going to eat....

    You see where I am going!!

    1482 days ago
    Holly- If it were me, I would have two rest days a week, but on those both of those days, I would take a 5 or 10 minute walk EVERY time I could feel a binge coming on. Walking is not so strenuous that you can' tdo it on your rest days, plus it would take your mind off of food. If you only take one rest day a week, and then walk on that day, it feels like you never get any rest, but if you take two rest days, you're not as likely to burn out.
    1482 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    The 10 minute thing sounds very doable to me. Don't give up and keep yourself focused.
    1482 days ago
    I wish I had some advice but I seem to lose my mind each weekend and totally fall apart for the whole weekend and not just one day... but I do know that the old saying usually holds true - fail to plan, plan to fail. Maybe try mapping out your food in advance so you're less likely to slip? That's all I got really. Good luck!
    1482 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    That's a hard one cause I'm walking in your shoes!! My no exercise day is Sunday & I always go over my calorie range. Let's try 10 mins & see how it goes. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1483 days ago
    Holly - this is weird but worth a try. I'm not sure what you're eating for breakfast, but try to make sure there are less than 6 grams of carbs at breakfast and when you do have carbs, do it later in the day. Try to add as much protein as you can. This really helps with the feeling of fullness and overeating for myself and many of our patients at the weight loss center I work for. :) A 10 minute walk can't hurt as long as you make it lower intensity. Worth a shot! Good luck!
    1483 days ago
    I am a saboteur. I get close then BOOM! Sabotage. I am the last person to give advice these days.
    1483 days ago
    I know what you mean. I went on vacation and now Im having a REALLY hard time getting back on track. Try going for a walk on Saturdays. My mind set on the days I work out is I worked so hard I don't want to mess up all that work. I really like the idea for LOFLLAMA!!. That may work for me too! emoticon
    1483 days ago
    Holly, I think I may have a similar trend. I usually work out on weekend evenings and if I'm not working out, it seems like I'm home with my refrigerator. It's the extra unfocused time that results in the binge for me. Better for me to spend that time working out!
    1483 days ago
    This is going to seem like a goofy thing, but I want you to try it. When you are getting ready to eat feel how thin you've gotten. Think about your muscle tone. Pull your belly in & sit up lean & tall. Even touch your favorite new body area. (I love that I can feel my ribs!) Picture your muscles.

    I know it's weird, but it helps me WANT to stay slim.

    P.S. I would never tell you the 'one day doesn't matter' junk! I'm an all or nothing girl too! emoticon
    1483 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/30/2014 11:33:37 AM
    I always find it far more difficult to control my eating if there isn't SOME sort of exercise during the day, too. It doesn't have to be much - even just a good 10 min jog-in-place kind of thing or getting on the elliptical - can be enough to curb my appetite. I'm not sure why it is, but I remember back to the 10-week ban on all activity including walking, two summers ago, and it was SO difficult to keep my eating in check every day. I felt much hungrier if I hadn't done any exercise at all (just like I feel extremely hungry if I do TOO MUCH exercise). I'm not sure why that is, but I think that's pretty common. Is there any way you can sneak in a 10-min moderate kind of activity on Saturdays? Or some active recovery?

    Yesterday, I was too exhausted to exercise, and you know what? I ate about 700 calories worth of chocolate in the afternoon. Yep. When I've had no problem controlling my food on other days. Yeah. Totally get you.
    1483 days ago
    I'd give the 10 minute walk a try. I am like you - I have to be on the food plan all the time or a meal turns into a day turns in a week or more... Maybe subconsciously your body thinks a day off from exercise means a day off from everything. Just a few minutes may be all it takes to keep things on track.

    1483 days ago
    It takes about one minute to ruin a month's worth of work. Recovering alcoholics cannot have even one sip, you do whatever you need to do to get past the urge, lest you end up dead or in jail. The consequences of mis-eating aren't as dire, but that doesn't lessen the anguish. Whatever it takes!!
    1483 days ago
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